US president Barack Obama with African Union chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma (right) arrives to speak about security and economic issues and US-Africa relations at the African Union headquarters in Addis Ababa on Tuesday. Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

Barack Obama has made a scathing attack on Africa’s culture of presidents-for-life, urging the continent’s leaders to follow the example of George W(...)

 US first lady Michelle Obama declares the Special Olympics open at the Opening Ceremony at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, California, USA, on Saturday. Photograph: EPA

Ireland’s athletes received one of the loudest cheers of the opening ceremony of the Special Olympics World Games on Saturday night as they marched in(...)

Special Olympic competitors at Dublin Airport as they left for the World Summer games in Los Angeles this week. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Team Ireland athletes participating in the 2015 Special Olympics World Games are busy preparing for the opening of the games tomorrow. At the opening (...)

Athletes Sean McDonald from Wicklow and Lyon Keogh from Dublin are pictured with Lisa Jane Dorman (left), Aer Lingus cabin crew member and Claire Teehan, Aer Lingus cabin crew member. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho 1:55

Liam Foley plans to celebrate his 18th birthday on Thursday by “meeting lots of famous people” in Los Angeles at the Special Olympics World Summer (...)

An employee organises photographs of models at the ASOS headquarters in London: the British online fashion retailer forecast on Tuesday pretax profit of £47 million (€66 million). Photograph: Suzanne Plunkett/Reuters

British online clothing retailer Asos said demand for cut-price fashions abroad and strong trading at home meant annual sales growth would hit the top(...)

President Michael D Higgins: after Milan, he and his wife will go to Rome, where Il Tradimento e Poesie (Poems and Betrayal), an Italian translation of his poems, will be launched. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

President Michael D Higgins will officially open the Irish National Day at Expo 2015 in Milan this morning. Timed to coincide with Bloomsday, the Iri(...)

When it comes to Northern Ireland, names such as JW Anderson and Sharon Wauchob immediately spring to mind as fashion designers who are recognised (...)

Joseph ‘Beau’ Biden, attorney general of Delaware, who has died from cancer.

Former Delaware attorney general Beau Biden, son of US vice president Joe Biden, died on Saturday after battling brain cancer, the vice president s(...)

US first lady Michelle Obama at Tuskegee University. Photograph: Brynn Anderson/AP Photo

During a commencement speech at Tuskegee University in Alabama, United States first lady Michelle Obama spoke frankly about the role her racial ide(...)

A shocking set of racist emails sent by senior Ferguson law enforcement officials depict Barack Obama as a chimpanzee

A shocking set of racist emails sent by senior Ferguson law enforcement officials depict Barack Obama as a chimpanzee and characterise Michelle Oba(...)